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Thursday, December 8, 2011

STOPPING MS IN ITS TRACKS, RESTORING LOST FUNCTION, ENDING MS FOREVER



STOPPING MS IN ITS TRACKS
New therapies showing positive results -- Several late-stage, phase III clinical trials in relapsing MS are making their way toward seeking marketing approval. These include oral teriflunomide, oral BG-12, and intravenous alemtuzumab. An application was accepted by the FDA to review teriflunomide for marketing approval.

Speeding diagnosis – An international panel revised and simplified the “McDonald Criteria” commonly used to diagnose MS, which is expected to reduce the emotionally wrenching wait for a confirmed answer to possible MS symptoms.

Early results support research of parasitic worms to treat MS -- At least two published studies reported results related to parasitic worms, called helminths, and their possible implications for treating MS. Further study, including the second phase of the clinical trial supported by the National MS Society, should determine whether a “probiotic” treatment approach using relatively harmless parasitic worms to alter immune activity will benefit people with MS.
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A rare genetic variant which causes reduced levels of vitamin D appears to be directly linked to multiple sclerosis


December 8, 2011
A rare genetic variant which causes reduced levels of vitamin D appears to be directly linked to multiple sclerosis, says an Oxford University study.
UK and Canadian scientists identified the mutated gene in 35 parents of a child with MS and, in each case, the child inherited it.
Researchers say this adds weight to suggestions of a link between vitamin D deficiency and MS.
The study is in Annals of Neurology.
Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).
Although the cause of MS is not yet conclusively known, both genetic and environmental factors and their interactions are known to be important.
Oxford University researchers, along with Canadian colleagues at the University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia and McGill University, set out to look for rare genetic changes that could explain strong clustering of MS cases in some families in an existing Canadian study.
They sequenced all the gene-coding regions in the genomes of 43 individuals selected from families with four or more members with MS.
The team compared the DNA changes they found against existing databases, and identified a change in the gene CYP27B1 as being important.
When people inherit two copies of this gene they develop a genetic form of rickets - a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency.
Just one copy of the mutated CYP27B1 gene affects a key enzyme which leads people with it to have lower levels of vitamin D.



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The maker of a commonly used drug treatment for people with multiple sclerosis says it will cover the hospitalization costs of any Health Alliance Medical Plan member who sticks to the treatment regimen and has a severe relapse


December 8, 2011

The drug company, Bayer HealthCare, said its agreement with Health Alliance in Urbana represents the first time it has entered into such a contract with an insurer.

Bayer is the maker of Betaseron, an injectable drug intended for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, the most common form of MS, an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system.
Betaseron, a brand name for interferon beta-1B, is intended to reduce the frequency of relapses.
An average hospitalization for an MS patient with a severe relapse runs $12,000, the company said.
Bayer offers a program to help patients get started and remain on the medication, and said its agreement with Health Alliance reinforces its belief that when patients stick to the treatment plan, their chances for a better clinical outcome improve.

About 400,000 people in the U.S. have MS, and about 75 to 85 percent of everyone with the disease is initially diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Dr. Robert Parker, Health Alliance's chief medical officer, said this isn't the first time Health Alliance has sought an agreement with a drug company to stand behind the success of a costly treatment for its members.

Health Alliance formerly had a similar agreement with the maker of an osteoporosis drug, he said.
Members are assumed to be complying with treatment as prescribed if Health Alliance is receiving regular pharmacy claims for the medication, Parker said.
Bayer spokeswoman JoAnne Marlin said Bayer is in discussions with other insurers to negotiate similar agreements.

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'Multiple Sclerosis News: "Outside-in' disease progression could change approach to diagnosis, treatment,


Information provided by Aileen W. -Delray Beach Fla

By Mary Brophy Marcus
HealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple sclerosis may begin in the outer layer of the brain and work its way into the deep interior, according to a new study that upends long-held beliefs about the nervous system disease.
The new findings, which could spur changes in the way MS is diagnosed and treated, appear to solidify a theory that's emerged in recent years. This new premise suggests that gray matter, the outer covering of the brain called the cortex, and the fluid that surrounds and cushions it, is where MS originates, not in the bulky white matter that composes most of the brain's core.
It's an "outside-in" process in other words, said study co-author Dr. Claudia Lucchinetti, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
"We already recognized before this study that the cortex -- the superficial layer where cells control memory, attention, and other key pathways in the nervous system -- was involved in MS. But most of what we knew came from autopsy studies, from patients who had longstanding disease, 30 to 50 years," said Lucchinetti. The new findings show the cortex is involved early on and may even be the initial target of the disease, she added.
Lucchinetti and her colleagues analyzed brain tissue of early MS patients obtained through biopsies. The tissue was primarily white matter, but about one-fourth of the biopsies (138 of 563 patient screenings) also included tiny fragments of cortex. The scientists used that tissue as the focus of their study.
The cortical tissues were viewed on a microscopic level. "The early lesions were highly inflammatory," said Lucchinetti, whose research is published in the Dec. 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.



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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Symptom Management for Multiple Sclerosis


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